Is God All Good?

by Nneka Kelly

There is a discussion on Erin Pavlina’s site about good and evil spirits. She talked about there being no evil person, then went on to say that there are evil spirits. I commented that that cannot be the case, and someone else asked why we assume that pure consciousness is good. Why can’t it be good and evil?

Truthfully, no one knows for certain. Science has not caught up. Our intellects can’t grasp it. The world offers evidence to the contrary. So some of us work from the paradigm of pure consciousness being all good by assumption, rational, inference, or intuition. (Throughout this site I use the terms consciousness, Spirit, and God interchangeably.)

I started off in the assumption camp. I was taught that there was only one presence and power in the Universe and that it was good. I experimented with thinking that this might not be true, but having been taught this from birth, I was biased in favor of the all good theory. My experiences during those times though indicated to me that believing that consciousness was all good was more helpful to me in life.

When I started to question life in my late teens and early 20′s, I developed what I like to call the lens theory. Again, I interrogated from the assumption of pure consciousness being all good. In order to explain evil, I deduced that we must be filtering consciousness or Spirit. That explained a lot.

In personal development circles, consciousness is explained as a neutral field that sends back to us whatever we put out. It’s like a mirror. That way when we put out good, we see good in the world. When we put out “evil”, we see evil.

Not one for larger than life characters, real or imagined, alive or dead, I never really identified with a spiritual avatar. That said, many people infer that Spirit is all good because the examples of God on earth were all good. People like Jesus and Buddha embodied Spirit so completely that they walked around saying things like, “the Father and I are One.” As embodiments of Spirit they practiced extreme compassion and unconditional love – qualities that inferred that God is all good.

Consciousness in and of itself is a difficult phenomenon to grasp. That it even exists requires some assumption or faith. Today, when I submit that God is all good it is mostly through intuition. It is a feeling that I have in my bones. I could try to explain it to you until you are blue in the face (sick of hearing me say it), but you probably won’t understand it until you have your own experience. At the very least, you have to come to your own understanding in a way that resonates with you. Something that makes sense to you.

Understanding whether consciousness is good or a blend of good and evil can be difficult. However, it is even more difficult to live from the place that says it’s all good. At least for me anyway.

What about you? Do you think that Spirit is good, neutral, a blend of good and evil, or something else? How did you come to your conclusion?

In Spirit,

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Raymond Salas October 7, 2006 at 1:52 am

I believe that consciousness/God/Spirit is. Therefore, if you believe that consciousness is good, neutral, and/or evil, it is. Regardless of whatever you decide about its nature, consciousness itself remains unaffected by whatever label and characteristics that you attach to it. The key to understanding this is to shift our awareness from an indivdual (ego) consciousness to a unity (God) consciousness where all is one and all is consciousness/God/Spirit.


Nneka October 8, 2006 at 5:25 pm

You know, it’s interesting that you said that. Today, at church, my minister read from this book written by a Rabbi that said God is all there is. He described it as being the ice, water, and steam where stem is the ego, ice the spiritual, and steam the essence of it. It’s all different expressions of H2O, but it’s H2O all the same.

I have been grappling with the concept of God being all as I am moving beyond the lens theory. However, a big part of me still sees things that way.

It helps to discuss it and get different perspectives.

BTW, are you a Raymond or Ray?


Raymond October 8, 2006 at 7:00 pm

The way I like to think about all of this is that we are each waves in the same ocean.

Ray or Raymond is fine. I usually write and introduce myself as Raymond, but family and friends call me both (and occasionally other things as well : )

BTW, I love your articles and site.


Nneka October 10, 2006 at 9:03 pm

Raymond it is then!

Thank you so much for the compliment. I’m trying to figure things out in blog as well as share what I’ve gotten so far. It’s a work in progress, as am I.


the seeker October 17, 2006 at 12:29 pm

When i was a child my family called me evil. They thought i was, but it didn’t sit right with me. I struggled with this issue for years. At one point i decided that god did not exist. As i reached my late teens i started to dabble in the occult and new age spirtuality. Then I became a corrections officer. Working there I talked face to face with murders, rapists, child molesters, ect. Looking a killer in the eye and seeing a truly evil man, I quickly realized that I am not evil(i have a mischivous streak). I later came to the realization, through meditation, that by looking at things backwards, deconstuction the universe in my mind, that all of exhistance is one thing. This one thing that makes up all is god. I am still to this day unsure why that there must be evil in god, maybe to balence out the good, but can a man with his limited resources truly comprehend god. There is evil in men and in non-physical spirt form, I have looked both in the eye.


Nneka October 17, 2006 at 10:30 pm

Seeker, thank you for sharing your experiences and leaving an insightful comment.

I must admit that I have not come face to face with murderers and thieves. Not knowingly anyway. I would imagine that it’s difficult to spend your days with them, thought provoking at best.


gr8face October 23, 2006 at 9:09 pm

I go round and round with this. I ask myself why do bad things happen to good people and vice versa? In the end what makes the most sense to me is the quote from the Bible, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”


Nneka October 24, 2006 at 8:52 pm

The question about why is still a puzzle to me. I can’t seem to wrap my intellect around even the lens theory. It’s still a belief.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the post and the site. Do come again :-)


Vance Mankins September 22, 2007 at 1:22 pm

Yes, God is all good. But also. All good is God, no one but God is good. No one but God can ever do a good thing, All people are totaly, completely, and uttterly sinful. When anyone does anyting considerd to have a good result it is actually God doing it through them. We do not even help God do the good things that He does with, and through us. God does the good insppite of every thing we may do. In the words of Saint Agustine *It is thou that doest it, yet it is not done by thee*


Gayathri April 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

After reading the post in Erin Pavlina’s blog, I meditated upon the subject. Usually I get many answers and revelations when I meditate, and this time the answer came to me in the same manner. I don’t know how much sense it will make to you, but to me it makes perfect sense.
God, or Source, or Brahma, or Collective is pure Energy – extremely high energy vibrations. High energy is generally associated with positivity and goodness, hence it follows that God is pure Goodness. And evil is simply an absence of Goodness – low energy vibrations.
So evil was not created, it is not even an absolute entity. It is simply the absence of goodness. A high dose of positive vibrations can do away with the negativity and eliminate “evil.”
I have explained this in greater detail using an analogy in my website blog, and here is the link:


Himangsu Sekhar Pal December 13, 2010 at 11:28 am

• God is good. But by which standard of goodness is He good? From where has that standard originated? If God is the alpha and omega of existence, then that standard can originate from God only. Therefore if God is good, then He is good by His own standard of goodness. But a person, or a being, cannot, and should not, be judged good by his own standard of goodness. This standard must have to be independent of him. Otherwise Hitler will also claim that his action be judged by his own standard. And he will claim that he has done nothing wrong by killing 6 million jews, because he thought it absolutely necessary. So, if God is the alpha and omega of existence, then God cannot be good.


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